Green Roofs Industry Grows by 24%

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A 24 percent growth rate in installed green roofs in 2012 is part of the results of the Annual Green Roof Industry Survey.

“On the heels of a huge 115 per cent growth rate in 2011, the green roof industry still grew by 24 per cent in 2012,” said GRHC founder & president Steven W. Peck. “Green roofs are being embraced around North America, by policy makers, designers, building owners and developers because they deliver multiple proven public and private benefits,” he added.

In 2012, the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Region installed the most green roofs in North America with 1,326,872 square feet.

Washington DC adopted a number of public policies that support green roof investment. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is a membership-based industry association whose mission is to develop the green roof and wall industry in North America.

“The District is proud to lead the nation in installation of green roofs,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “Green infrastructure is an investment that is showing real benefits in the District and green roofs play a major part in turning the vision of a Sustainable DC into reality. Green roofs support green jobs, reduce and reuse stormwater, and create beautiful amenities that improve the quality of life and health of our residents.”

“There are many factors that are leading to this remarkable growth,” said Jeffrey L. Bruce, GRP, Chair, GRHC, “but undoubtedly the almost 600 accredited Green Roof Professionals (GRPs) in the market are using their expertise to drive market growth.”

GRHC hosts two conferences in 2013: Grey to Green: A Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure, in Toronto, ON, May 21 to 22 – and CitiesAlive: 11th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in San Francisco, CA, October 23 – 26

Article appearing courtesy Celsias.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.